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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Objectively Subjective

What do you see?

Have you ever obstinately refused to do something merely because a certain person suggested it? What did that do for your relationship? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1027).

This is very typical of my behavior.  If Fox News were to say that heaven awaited if I only wore white, you can be sure I would wear black.  I very much consider the source of assertions and am prone to dismiss any statement of fact or opinion from a source that I do not find credible.

This serves to simplify my world greatly.  I do not bother to consider seriously any proposal made from a suspect source.  I don't have to “waste energy” in careful evaluation, judgment, and the maintenance of objectivity.  As I am likely to uncritically reject some sources, I am likely to uncritically accept those whom I feel credible.  I say “feel” intentionally rather than “think” for emotions are very much tied up in it.  Ironically, sources that I distrust the most are those who claim to have absolute objectivity.  Objectivity is something that is evasive and the principal danger is in assuming we have it.

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